[rdfweb-dev] Names In FOAF
iand at internetalchemy.org
Wed Apr 6 14:41:01 UTC 2005
I've been thinking about names in FOAF. There's an issue in the
tracker to rationalise the properties here and Morten has made a
concrete proposal. It's a tricky area to model because of the variety
and complexity of names in various cultures.
I've made an alternate suggestion, which is to forego any kind of
structural modelling and tackle it from a mode of address angle. I
propose to drop everything but foaf:name (which is well established) and
add four new properties:
familiarName - the name used in familiar situations by friends, e.g. Ian
informalName - the name used when referred to in informal situations,
e.g. Ian Davis
formalName - the name used when referred to in formal situations, e.g.
fullName - the full name as expected to be used on an identifying
document e.g. Mr Ian Robert Davis
I think this approach would fit better with the social nature of FOAF.
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